HighAdventureTour 2012: From Insanity and Beyond....

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Jettn Jim, May 14, 2012.

  1. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I buzz outta Minnesota and head across South Dakota where I see the ol' Missouri a com'n... always signals a getting deeper into the West feeling for me.
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    As you cross you see alotta stations and such as Al's Oasis... memories of 2010 when I came back onto the onramp here too hot after a wild thunderstorm the previous night (patch of sand and stones covering the entire road) that had me lowsliding up the ramp at 30mph.... destroyed the righthand glove and tore up right side tank pannier. A wake up call...................
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    As I ride on West I get into some of the toughest conditions I've EVER ridden in!
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    Yea I know I'm on a super slab on flatland how tough can it possibly be right????????
    Well man/chick imagine steady quartering headwinds at 35-50mph ALL DAY LONG! for hundreds and hundreds of miles on end! And I'm running WIDE OPEN into these winds (this goes from Worthington Minnesota CLEAR to Coeur d' Alene Idaho, nearly 1,300mi... wide open the whole way... my average speed is 77.7! My fastest average speed ever!) I'm in a full tuck as low as I can lay down on the bike with the Lynx screen lowered to it's lowest position (later I see the winds had forced it back into the carbon fiber fairing, rubbing notches into the lexan)
    My back is screaming from the awkward contortions I assume. I'm hanging onto the seat off to one side to best let the screen and forks block the winds. I constantly stare at the GPS inching around on Desiree' to eeeek every .10th of a mph out of her. Desiree' is tilted over so far that I must look like a Circus act to everyone I pass..... aaand EVERY rig I pass causes a VIOLENT lane swap from this lane to that.
    And on topof it all I have to break outta my position every pass to use the turn signal and give a wave! :lol3 Yea I can't break etiquette ya know. Any way all the boulder strewn, muddy rides are only burst of energy... this one is FOREVER!
    I'm getting more of a workout than last years 11hr ride from Souix Falls to Rapid City in the Blizzard! :eek1

    Sooo later in the day I pull over in Kimbal SD at a fuel station that looks a bit familar to fuel up and rest a bit. I glance over and see Ditty's Doo Wah Diner... I'm hungry, I'm tired aaaaand I'm IN!
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    James Dean, Elvis, Maryline etc.... and lots memorabilia...
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    I meet Heather... who helps me get back into the mood to take pics and get the notebook back out again.
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    I start to get back into THE MOMENT... as these adventures tend to do.... I had been a bit too into my head up to this point.
    Thank you Heather!^)-
    After talkin gto Heather I see a woman come walking in on crutches... I go over and kneel down to ask about whether her injuries are recent or from birth. She says she broke her neck 4 wheeling in the Black Hills and usually uses a chair. Her name is Doni and she's with her husband Craig. She spent 5 months in a Denver Hospital and I can hardly hear her speak do to damage to her Larynx from the emergency tracheotomy.
    I remind her how her faith and belief in herself can/will help her to heal... to talk with her body etc.....
    She says they told her she'd never walk again!! But she does (note this is another place western medicine botches up.... if the patient believes this, then they won't!) They told me I'd only be 70% at best after my 1st broken back! I'd say I'm doin' MUCH better than that.... like 100% maybe. We have a pretty long and tearful talk then as we say our goodbyes Steve Miller Bands: Jungle love, is playing in the background.....

    I can't help but to feel how perfectly fitting it is......
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    "But lately you live in the jungle
    I never see you alone
    But we need some definite answers
    So I thought I would write you a poem
    ~The question to everyone's answer
    Is usually asked from within~
    But the patterns of the rain
    And the truth they contain
    Have written my life on your skin"

    "You treat me like I was your ocean
    You swim in my blood when it's warm
    My cycles of circular motion
    Protect you and keep you from harm
    ~You live in a world of illusion
    Where everything's peaches and cream
    We all face a scarlet conclusion
    But we spend our time in a dream~"
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  2. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Hey Jim, good to see you posting, I'm really interested in seeing how your trip turned out. I'll PM you my details and you let me know where you want me to send the shirt! I'm interested in reading those books, almost downloaded one onto my Ipad, but now I've forgotten the title.

    Here is another tune you can relate to!

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    Hope to see you on the road again. B.T.W. Here is our Ride Report: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792581
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  3. AJxr

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    subscribed :D
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  4. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Excellent song maaan well placed.
    Thanx for the PM... will send your books right after Labrador and the finish to this RR.
    And just read your Ride Report..... :thumb Very niiice.... great information and pictures!
    Thanx alot,
    Jettn Jim
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  5. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    OK I'll try this again... had a long response all typed up and lost it all again. :huh
    I was still sruggling to focus on wether I could do the RR properly and not get taken out of theeee "moment" too far. I would meet tons of awesome people and puuurrty girls but felt like asking for a picture broke our connection, so I pulled back a bit and just went with the flow.
    Was also gonna write this in third person as an observer which I tried to be as I wove myself through the tapestry of the Northwest, using pearl jams Man Of The Hour as my theme and call myself.... The MOTH.
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    Guess I'll keep most of those thoughts to myself and just put up pictures.......

    Things move pretty fast through here as I was just WFO all across the plains on I-90 till I hit Whitewood which is just past Sturgis. Then I cut up across Hwy 34 to Bell Fourche and 212 taking the cut off towards Billings, ya hit the tip of Wyoming also.
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    I pass the Badlands Scenic byway Loop and near Deadwood the Blackhills National Cemetery...
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    Puts a few more thoughts into my mind as I stare into the distant expanse of roving thunderheads...
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    Late in the afternoon I finally start to hit some of the only rain I'll see in months...
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    I pull into a fuel stop in Alzada 9pmish and meet Carol... this turns into an hour and a half talk/romance and a deli dinner for me.
    She's gett'n a pile a books too... this pic just doesn't do all her Beauty justice at all.
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    Then a late night stop at a Denny's in Billings where my suweeeet waitress Chellie lets me sleep in the back corner of the dining room until just before the manager comes in a few hours later, keeping me from waisting time and money on a Motel.
    Beautiful but no pic..... it's hit and miss on the PGOD pics for a while:/
    Next day its Montana cattle country beauty smacking me in the face..... aaaaaaaaaah!
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    Next thing ya know I'm getting off the super slab in Coeur d' Alene and after hearing some light engine noise at the first stoplight, doin' a quick oil change at a local Wallyworld where I see some of the cleanest oil (with no metal in it lol) that I've ever seen after such a hard WFO push as Desiree' had just put in for me. Using mineral oil again with Zinc in it...
    Then we turn North toward Diamond Lake and my first Rally, where I'll meet some new friends from the forums and a couple I met last year. Also Becky is living back up this way who I met last fall in Starbuck... havta stop in and give her a hug.
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    I pull in... say high and party late into the night... in the morning I wake up with the tent right in the middle of all the bikes parking area.
    It was too late to pick a good spot sooo I just threw down after the fire died out.
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  6. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thanx fer join'n bro! :thumb
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  7. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    I have really enjoyed your RR and amazing photos so far. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story, awesome scenery and the connection you've made with so many great people. Keep up the good work and don't ever loose your passion to make a difference. I hope our paths can cross some day soon.
    If your ever in Bend, OR send me a PM and I would be honored to buy you a few cold ones! :beer
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  8. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thanx NotLost :freaky Been thru Bend a couple times in the last feww years riding around the country.... next time I'm looking you up!

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    So I'd been helping out NomadGal with parts and stuff for her KLR Spirit, as she had shown up posting on KLRWorld as of late getting ready for her own cross country self discovery ride. I was looking forward to meeting her as well and had shipped my box of KLR goodies (85lbs worth) out to Waynes in Lewiston figuring I'd be helping out some likeminded travelers. Parepin would be swinging by too soooo I knew the parts would get used.

    I rolled into Diamond lake just as the sun was setting, found Norris's camp on the hill and made acquaintances... Folks ask about where Ester (NomadGal) might be and I said I just received a txt saying she was holed up over near Grand Coulee for the night after a Loooonnng day and late start. After all it was the FIRST day of her new Adventure...

    The next morning I rode down off the hill to where I had some cell signal, and waited at the turn off... not knowing when she'd be coming thru but thot I'd see. I waited then fired up Desiree' and went back toward the camp... as I near the end of the straightaway I see a single light in my rearview..... I turn around and go back... It's Esher I get to meet... Cool beans!Thot I had taken a picture of her as she pulled up... but nope.

    So up to the camp we go and plans were made for all to go down to Norris's shop for a Tech day... now I knew that this was what this whole gathering was about... BUT I knew I had ALOT of tech to do once I got down to Waynes place in Lewiston and had a sneeking feeling I would be getting alot deeper into Esthers Spirit than just doing a Doohickey sooo as everyone made their way down off the hill, I went and found a better place to setup my tent...
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    Was a nice little climb with Desiree' to reach this overlook as well...

    Everyone set up and working...

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    Road to Adventure (Jerry), I Dunno (Shawn), and Dave S (Dave) shooting the breeze...
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    I decide to see if I can go find Becky who I met last year...
    I see a nice little bar to get some grub and send her a txt... She swings by with Colt and Ruger... next thing I know I'm following her Cummins deeper into the North Idaho hills and to her place...
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    Colt and Ruger are her kids... you GOTTA love a chick who names her children after a pair of sidearms!^)- Colt comes ripp'n up on his Quad...
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    It needs some TLC and a few bolts sooo I dig into Desiree's spares and he and I gett'r done.
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    Becky and I share ALOT of views in this world... we sensed each other from afar last year when we had met in Starbuck and it pulled us together to share a beer, a dinner and many many thoughts.... as well as that energy we call unconditional love
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    Becky, Ruger and I then take a break to catch up on the trampoline... she's near the end of a divorce and shows me the BEAUTIFUL house her and her husband were building, such a wonderful thought out structure.... Dreams fading away.
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    Funny how we create these Dreams in our minds and then hope that they will come to pass.... only when the one your walking with shares the same Dream do they.... otherwise it was/is truly only YOUR Dream.
    The time goes by too fast and I have to get back to Diamond lake... so I promise to be back in a few weeks and gear up to fly...
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    Colt does another couple donuts for us...
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    Then sets off to one side to say goodbye...
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    I ride North before turning West in this Beautiful valley.... I could spend some time here....
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  9. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    I'm in Jjim. Keep 'em honest.
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  10. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Thnx fer join'n.... Buddy!

    As I'm riding back to the camp I see this billboard on a little backroad and laugh to myself... probably the families son posing...
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    Then it's another excellent night around the campfire with the gang in the Northwoods solitude....
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    Sorry I'm still not quite back on my picture taking game at this point.
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    Before ya know it it's daylight again...
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    And time to head for Lewiston with NomadGal (Esther), there we'll do some more maintenance on the bikes.. then she's gonna ride down to Moab with me to put faces to names at the KLRWorld gathering and some more riding in the Desert.
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    Norris say'n goodbye outta his Turbocharged Polaris...
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    Before we know it... were the last ones in camp and it's the begining of multi week joint oddysey for Spirit and Desiree'...
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    We meander down to Lewiston on the back roads and I take a few miles of dirt to help get Esther used to it....
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    Turns out till yesterday she had NEVER ridden ANY dirt sooo she was still TERRIFIED! You can see she's pretty focused here...
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    Soon we're pulling into the yard and Micks there to meet us... He's grown a bit form last year and I'm excited to work with him some more.
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    Esther starts in on her bike as it's started to making some PRETTY loud noises between Diamond lake and here!
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    Lotsa crap in the oil too....
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    As she rips into Spirit... Wayne is tearing into his Baja...
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    MANY long nights insue...
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    Valve adjustments, tire swap, oil-air filter swaps, and suspension tuning on Desiree'...
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    ALOT more on Spirit... we pull the engine planning to just get her another... pull the swingarm for some welding, add bark busters, new grips, new mirrors, throttle lock, new front tire, 2" Rox riser, try to straighten the rims (which leads me to find TOTALY SHOT rear bearings AND a missing spacer between the sprocket drive and wheel hub) I know I'm forgeting a BUNCH but needless to say we did A $hitload!
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    Wayne teaching her how to use the Plasma cutter for a new kickstand foot...
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    Spirits spirit on the floor...
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    Three projects going on at once...
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    Sometimes in the frenzy we would find time to eat...
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    We had ordered Esther a fresh low mile engine with only 420 miles on it from an '09.... it was spendy but I figured with her just starting a Trans Continental ride she would need it. Sooo we waited and waited....... but it never showed???? Nomad convinces me to do some checking and we find out that during my checkout with paypal I had somehow put in my PENNSYLVANIA address??!!??!!??!! aaaaah $hit!!!
    Well lets rethink this.............. I call and cancel the engine and give away $300- for my mistake. Yup as my buddy Nicks Granpa us'd ta say "They cost ya either Time, Money or Your life" this was only money sooo onto the rebuild.

    We have a PowWow and Wayne and I put our heads together and figure something simple is causing Spirits noises not something Catastophic like at first thought. So we re-install the engine and pull all the outer covers off... (we have lotsa spare gaskets in my parts kitty WooooooHooooo)
    Long story short we find a stuck cam chain tensioner (which doesn't let it tighten up) , a bound up Torsion spring on the balancer chain (which doesn't let it tighten up either) and some valves way outta spec... we fix everything and the noise is................................ GONE!!!! YeeHaa

    So we continue to button her up and prepare to roll out to Moab... by now we're running a little late! But this is when I find the loose wheel bearings (on the floor loose!) and missing spacer, as I'm trying to straighten the wheel .
    I get an Idea to go next door to Bobby's and rob one off his KLR250...
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    It's a l m o s t the same just too long.... sooo John comes over, points out Waynes lathe hidden in back (Hey why didn't I see that??? )
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    Aaaah betttta nestled into its place... we're outta the woods.
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    I quick build a plate for her GPS using a RAM mount I had in the parts bin... (it flops all over)
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    And we're off...
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    She's still learning to pack light LOL...
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  11. xrjak

    xrjak Day Dreamer

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    I would have given you a bed in Billings. I've slept in a Denny's before (didn't end well) Enjoyed your Thrills & Spills RR and am enjoying this one also. I'm in. xrjak
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  12. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    haha done it maaaannny times...:lol3 thanx for the offer of the bed man.
    Glad ya liked Thrills Spills aand Puurty Giirrls, and this one too... it only gets better... much better.

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    Gonna try to move thru these next weeks kinda fast... since we've got another 15,000miles to cover... then up into the Great White North.

    I lead NomadGal South toward Moab with a smile in my helmet knowing the Beauty she is gonna be seeing for the first time... it helps me to remember to see it again.... all anew.
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    I wonder to myself, what thoughts are running through her mind as the horizon sweeps one beautiful vista after another past her eyes.
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    We hit a bit of rain and construction pulling Winchester Grade but I figure it will pass quickly and don't pull over to suit up... we get good and damp but I know we'll dry quickly down on the Salmon... I want to show her that you don't always have to waste time suiting up... only to have to unsuit again a couple miles down the road.
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    It passes and we're onto the Camas Prarie...
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    More dirt to hone her skills on the Grangeville cuttoff road...
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    Then down Whitebird grade... you can barely see her helmet LOL.
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    White Bird Battlefield

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    White Bird battlefield from the Highway 95 overlook. Most of the battle took place on the otherside of the basalt bluffs in the center of the photograph.

    Captain David Perry, commanding officer of the First Cavalry, was ordered to arrest the perpetrators of the Salmon River raids and escort the remaining Nez Perce to Lapwai. Perry led 106 cavalry men from Companies F and H, accompanied by eleven civilian volunteers to the location of the Nez Perce camp site at the head of Lahmotta or White Bird Canyon.
    As the cavalry marched down the canyon slopes, 60 to 70 Nez Perce warriors prepared to meet them. As the Nez Perce positioned their warriors along the cavalry&#8217;s expected route, they sent a small truce party to talk to the soldiers. As the truce party approached, a shot rang out as one of the volunteers opened fire, ending any possibility of a peace parley.
    Within minutes of the opening shots, A Nez Perce marksman killed a Trumpeter, making it difficult for Captain Perry to communicate orders to his unit. While the cavalry formed a skirmish line, making ready to advance, the Nez Perce responded by attacking the flanks of the extended line. Unfortunately, Perry had placed the volunteers on the left flank and as volleys of rifle fire poured into their position, they panicked and broke, running toward the line of cavalry at the top of the ridge.
    As the volunteers scampered up the slope, panic spread through the line. As the flanks collapsed, Perry ordered a retreat. As soldiers panicked, many dropped their weapons as they fled, leaving behind thirty-four soldiers dead on the battlefield. When the soldiers reached the top of White Bird Valley, they continued their pell-mell retreat to the settlement of Mt. Idaho where they dug in and waited for help.
    The Nez Perce retrieved the fallen weapons, picking up approximately 63 carbines, pistols, and ammunition. Realizing the gravity of the situation, the Nez Perce quickly broke camp and crossed the Salmon River as General Howard gathered his forces for a pursuit that would continue for the next four months.














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    I always remember the recent past as I roam this region...

    The Mountains loom closer and I'm excited to lead Esther down into the twist and turns between us, Smiths Ferry on hwy 155 into Boise...
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    A man and his wife Salmon fishing near Lucille...
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    As I take the first picture I zoom in, he then senses me and looks across the river at me... all while I move upriver at 70+ and he holds position in the current.
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    We clear Riggins and get down near New Meadows then onto the backside of Cascade and the excellent ride along the Payette...
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    As we get near Horeshoe Bend I run out of fuel again... I went on reserve 23mi or so back. I pull off the road and lay Desiree' down to get into my Reserve-Reserve... I get a blurry pic of Esther as she zips by...
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    I pass a buch of traffic to catch up to her always using my signals and waving as I pull in... still I piss some folks off and when I pull in for fuel near the Bend a guy rolling by in a lifted Dodge yell some Fu** you buddy stuff at me:/ oh well can't make everybody happy eh?!?!

    This gives me a chance to meet BEAUTIFUL Annell Allen... as she had heard the guy yelling and wondered what was up...
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    She has a KLX in her toy hauler and turns out IS a SERIOUS rider! She has raced in Chile on the National Enduro Pro-team back in '07 and is quite the HARDCORE chick... be still my heart LOL hahahahaha. She knows the folks at Carl's Cycle and a few other places I've been to. I love her vibe and the conversation we share.

    Preparing for the "Olympics of Motorcycling"

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    </FIGURE>By day, 29-year-old Annell Allen is a marketing manager at Commercial Tire.

    "(A) typical day is a lot of phone calls, lot of sponsorship," smiles Annell.
    But now, Annell is looking for sponsors of her own. Thanks to a 2nd place finish in Colorado earlier this year and a win at the Idaho City qualifier, Annell became the first woman in Idaho to qualify for the International Six Days Enduro.
    "I think the nervous part will come during opening ceremonies and reality hits that I'll be sitting on this thing for six days," she says.
    And that's no exaggeration.

    Annell will start the race November 12th in La Serena, the second oldest city in Chile. From there, your guess is as good as hers.
    "They don't really tell you a whole lot about the terrain or where it is, that's part of it," adds Annell. "It's a secret, you're not supposed to know what you're getting into."
    But we do know that no one else is allowed to touch her bike or she could get disqualified. And there's a good chance of seeing rain, rocks, rivers, creeks and logs which makes the race extremely dangerous.
    "This sport's the only sport I've ever been injured in," says Annell. "I've broken my wrist, broken collarbone, broken ribs. I broke my femur. Recovering from that, it does something to your core and it just feels good to be able to overcome an injury and come back."
    Annell has been riding motorcycles on-and-off for eight years but she's never done anything like this before. That's exactly why she wants to.
    "I guess if I have to mow lawns at night, or whatever, I'll do it 'cause I'm going," laughs Annell.
    The 82nd annual International Six Days Enduro runs November 12th-17th. Annell Allen expects the entire trip to cost her around $15,000.
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    *Note: A lot of people who qualify for the ISDE never finish the race. Annell says her goal is to do just that...finish.

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  13. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    We wake up just before the heat hits us and Esther makes some oatmeal....
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    He tells me of the year long Adventure race Odyssey 2000 and visiting 60+ countries plus other grand adventures etc...etc.
    I know I've met someone special and when I get home I do some searching.

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    Townley heard about the project in its early days and the founder, Tom Ritchey, who is famous within the bicycle industry, called him about a month ago and asked him to come on board.
    &#8220;I&#8217;ll work on the coffee shop and bike shop project and also teach bike mechanics to local people there, so they can build and maintain the bikes that will be given to them through Project Rwanda,&#8221; Townley explained.
    Coffee is the major export of Rwanda.
    &#8220;It&#8217;s all fair-trade shade-grown coffee and they just connected with Starbucks,&#8221; Townley said. &#8220;The country has such a problem with deforestation that it&#8217;s now illegal to cut down a tree. The way the farmers get their coffee from Point A to point B is on bikes made entirely of wood&#8212;even the wheels! They have no brakes or gears, so they&#8217;re treacherous. The coffee is grown in the mountains and this is their only source of transportation, so we&#8217;re importing bikes to give to the farmers to help them.&#8221;
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    A small country in east central Africa, bordered by Tanzania to the east, Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, and Burundi to the south, Rwanda is said to be the most densely populated country in eastern Africa.

    &#8220;It&#8217;s also a democracy, and the only stable government,&#8221; Townley pointed out. &#8220;It&#8217;s about 100 miles south of the equator and has a temperature range year-round of 50-75 degrees, so they have never seen snow.&#8221;
    In addition to running the bike and coffee shops, and teaching mechanics, Townley will put on seven bike races, the last of which will be an international race, with all African nations encouraged to compete.
    Townley has nearly 30 years experience in the cycling industry. He has worked both as a bicycle mechanic since 1982 and providing neutral support for over 1,000 national and international races.
    In addition, he served as head mechanic for the Odyssey 2000 cycling tour, a one-year, world wide cycling expedition that encompassed 45 countries on six continents with 250 riders.
    One of only 11 category one licensed bicycle race mechanics worldwide, Townley&#8217;s diverse work experience also includes serving as a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Services since 1988 in areas such as Hurricane Wilma, the Rhode Island nightclub fire and at the World Trade Center. His volunteer work also includes helping during the Tsunami disaster relief.

    In the Cabelas I strike up talk with the cute checkout girls and give their day a SUPER BOOST...... of course this bouces onto me to and I feel just fiiiiiiine!

    As I go next door to grab a screen saver from the Best Buy, I see on the building front a HUGE billboard advertising Tom Clancy's newest virtual War game.... a guy all in a chemical mask waving his assault rifle...sigh.
    I think to myself... in our Culture it's OK to flaunt War games and Killing on the front of a store...
    BUT when I'm in a health practitioners office... it's TABOO to show the simple truth of a male and females anatomy???? Always just kinda erased as though our reproductive organs don't exist?!?!?!?!?
    Really people..............



    Anyway we roll on South again from Mountain Home and I'm feeling really gooooood despite the billboard... just thinking of Merlyn and the cute checkout girls...

    Plus as much as Boise is an OK City as far as Cities go.... I much prefer OPEN SPACES!

    An Exodus of our own so to speak....

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    As I'm about 4 miles North of Eureka the road has turned back to asphault and I'm cruis'n at just over 70mph... when out of Nowhere (yea right dummy he is standing right in front of you!!!) A calf appears in the middle of the road 30yds ahead with 5/8 of his body into my lane. I always ride centerlane at night to afford a bit of cushion from critters on either side. I've relaxed now that I'm on the slab again and the nights nearly over... a fatal mistake I know better than to allow... yet here I am... I'm hard on the brakes and start to swerve right, but he's more in the right than the left and I'm slightly left, sooo I correct and go left instead which is the side he's facing which is normaly a touchy move but I've only got a little over a second to get clear at this speed and can't waste anymore time........

    Woooosh I just cleeear him and then coast...... and coast...................................
    I pull over and get on my knees for a long, long while... that was really, reaally close man.

    I pull into town get some fuel and late night food... The guy at the register is cranky soo I leave looking for food but havta come back... it's the only place I can still eat... I go the other way and give him an extra tip and treat him kind even tho in the past I would've threatened to knock his head off.
    It works and I go set out front to eat in the moonlight... glad to still be walking and chewing after the close calf call.
    I find Esther in the park in her tent with Spirit a ways off in the street. I pull my bike into the fenced yard then grab hers and make a quick leanto next to Desiree' in the grass... I like to be near my girl when I sleep.

    Nite
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  14. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    We roll out of our cacoons to the 34deg air... I like this lean-to deal. Havta get a longer pc so it wraps under me too.
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    I find this homestyle joint just on the East side of town...
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    It's pretty empty when I roll in but soon fills. Quaker/Shaker style dress... The food is Great and near the end I stike up convo with multiple families.

    One particular fellow says he's heading to Alasks in two weeks sooo I ask.... work or play? He says work... He's a preacher going up to the remoter regions to convert the natives. :huh Oooh boy this is a sore spot for me... BUT I let it go and casually say "we're in Mormon country 'round here eh." He responds "Yup I got my work cut out for me" aaah man really. I say "hmmmm well that's one of the things I find a problem with in organized religion! Everyone saying it's my way or the highway!" So we go on about this for a while kinda casually and then as we both pay we take the convo outside. It's obyiously a contradiction in understanding that we share... As I pull out a new book by Deepak Chopra called "The Third Jesus" I say here I'll give this to you as it's highly rated by some biblical scholars and really gets to the meaning of alot of his teachings... he says "I know Jesus...I've got stuff to do" and walks away.
    I'm thinking.. hmm here I am an engaged audience and co-speaker in a topic he is highly involved in and he does'nt want to continue. We could have continued sharing views and both of us may have learned something new... anyway.
    I let it slide and Dave and his kids come out who I met inside and their excited about Desiree' sooo I ask "hey ya wanna get up on her for a picture?" oooh yes.
    Nolan in the yellow and Legend in the blue... they have another brother Jaiden and a sister Kiaree...
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    Heading toward Ely I see the flashing blues of a couple bikers getting written up.... Nevada's being a tough A** lately eh?
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    After some fuel I ask for a good mom and pop diner... I'm told Arshel's, North end of town.
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    Jane our Waitress on the left and Colleen the cook on the right... Two awesome girls!!! Really Great Food and Energy!
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    Esther leaves about 15min ahead of me again as I stay to talk.... then it's Hwy 153 through the Fishlake National Forest... Beautiful!!!
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    I get to this construction zone just minutes after the last escort car... sooo it's a 15min nap waiting for the next round... and giving Esther a bigger lead.
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    Here in Escalante I am a good 20min ahead of her and go out onto the road to flag her in for some chow in a Rustic Lodge on the edge of town where I get some Excellent fresh Trout. Turns out that tables on both sides of us are Foreigners soo Esther gets to speak Dutch to all of them... I'm sitting there feeling pretty unilingual/uneducated LOL.

    Good stories for sure then A SUPER fun twistie ride up the Canyon on Hwy 12 through Grand Staircase Escalante National monument and Capital Reef National Park... to dark for pictures folks but... WHAT A RIDE!
    On a safety note... deer all along the road and you should proceed with more caution than I used!
    This is also where I stopped to teach Esther how to carry more speed through the turns. I rode standing for MANY miles to show her that she should be easily able to keep up in the turns sitting and leaning.
    As it got darker it got WINDIER and as we hit I-70 north of the Hollow Mountain fuel stop we bee lined it to Green River and decided to hole up for the night and roll into Moab along the Green River in the morning....
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    Nite....
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  15. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Good to see ya back out there Jim, great report!:clap
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  16. Exploregon

    Exploregon n00b

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    Excellent RR! Looks like you're having the time of your life! Keep it coming so I can ride vicariously through you.

    Chip

    About the woman's breast pic, maybe you've been out on the road too long buddy! ;)
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  17. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Women's Breasts. I guess it's all in the eyes of the beholder. Somewhere
    out near Sheiffield , Texas is a point I've been calling Maggies Tit for over
    fifty years of back and forth. Now it looks as if the highway dept is carving
    out a big chunk, at her base, and ruining a beautiful sight.
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  18. hiflynbrd

    hiflynbrd I know that shortcut

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    If you get through Price, 60 miles North of Green River, send me a PM and I'll find us a good place to eat. Got a few to choose from in town.

    If the bikes need looked after, we can do that too.
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  19. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Booobs aaaah. :clap
    Thanx for the offer brother.... I'm back on the East side now though. Heading for New Foundland in the morning to put a cap on this ride. Still have 15,000mi to report to you guys and will add about 6,000mi on this Newfy leg sooo lots to com, thanx for riding along.

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    Ok we wake up HOT in Green River and head down the road.... I accidently jump on 191 south, but only for 'bout 1/2mi, then I flag Esther down and show her the River Road. Aaaaah much betta ride.

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    Ali Fuller, Sister Root Medicinals
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    Then we roll into my FAVORITE eatery in Moab........... "THE" Eklecticafe maaan the Organic food is THE bomb and my girlfriends will GAURANTEE make you smile!!!
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    I head to the Campground to meet up with Esther again, and all the KLRWorld gang... gonna be a FUN couple days.



    NOTE: 9-14-2012 I'm heading out in a few hours for some uncharted territory... Lab, New Foundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, sooo I may or may not keep the RR going till I get back in a couple weeks??? This is the final piece of the puzzle for me as far as riding in every State, Province and Territory in North America, all since getting back into bikes July 2008.

    Once I get past the Adirondacks (and a meeting with more KLRWorld folks 2mro morning in Mansfield PA, as they go to a gathering/ride in the Allegheny Mtns for the weekend) I will be free of any connections and friends. Since I've traveled soo much all my life I seem to know someone everywhere I go and it kinda makes my adventure a connect the dots kinda thing.... hey it's really fun but this is gonna be great.
    All new stuff to see and NEW PEOPLE to meet. Sooo I'll ketch up wit' ya asap!
    Cheers and PEACE,
    Jettn Jim
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  20. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    You had me with linking a Supertramp song (also used for one of my ride reports long ago) and Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed."

    I'm in for the long haul man. Lovin' it.
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